Integration and Assembly Areas

David Florida Laboratory

The integration and assembly areas of the David Florida Laboratory (DFL) are situated within two temperature- and humidity-controlled, high bay clean rooms of which High Bay 3 is the largest measuring 1,080 sq m (11,600 sq ft).

When required, Class 1,000 or better clean room conditions can readily be made available.

Each of the high bays are independently traversed by travelling bridge cranes.

Access to the high bays is through security-controlled, air showers for personnel. A large loading bay with an overhead crane and ramp serves as the access point for all equipment entering the DFL. Two adjacent freight elevators provide access to the workshop and storage areas which are located in the basement.


Total available high bay space

  • High Bay 2: 315 sq m (3,400 sq ft)
  • High Bay 3: 1,080 sq m (11,600 sq ft).

Small loading bay

  • High Bay 3: 37 sq m (400 sq ft).

Large loading bay

  • High Bay 3: 124 sq m (1,335 sq ft).

Power supplies and generators

Emergency power supplies and generators

  • Main diesel generator: 1.5 MW generator provides backup power to the DFL and storage building number 87
  • Backup diesel generator: 350 kW
    Note: This generator is a backup to the 1.5 MW generator and is dedicated to essential building services, the Thermal Qualification Facilities, and the Structural Qualification Facilities.

Uninterruptible power supply

  • If commercial hydro and the main and secondary backup generators fail, a 15 kVA uninterruptible power supply can supply power for up to two hours for hardware in the Thermal Qualification Facilities, computers in the Structural Qualification Facilities, and other mission-critical support hardware in the DFL.

Associated Customer Support Facilities


  • Adjacent offices provide excellent work areas for our clients.

Conference facilities and meeting rooms

  • Three conference facilities range in size from 12 to 80 seats
  • Meeting rooms for 10 to 20 people
  • Other meeting areas are available throughout the Communications Research Centre (CRC) campus.

Environmental controls

  • Offices within the DFL are individually controlled for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), and lighting. After regular working hours, occupancy override, ventilation, and carbon dioxide monitoring meets ASHRAE guidelines
  • Our Class 100,000 clean rooms can achieve particle counts of less than 10,000. Each of the qualification facilities and high bays have independent HVAC controls with three-stage filtration. The HVAC system is capable of maintaining a year-round temperature of 22 ±2 degrees C (72 ±3 degrees F) plus a relative humidity of 40 ±5% in the winter and 45 ±5% in the summer.

Safety and security

  • The safety and protection of valuable spacecraft and hardware receive the highest priority at the DFL. The DFL provides this high level of security for all of its test activities because it is located within the CRC campus which has its own state-of-the-art security measures in place including controlled access to the campus itself, to the DFL, and to its various secure facilities. All access points are controlled and monitored
  • The building is equipped with state-of-the-art fire protection/fire detection systems
  • Office areas are equipped with sprinklers and fire protection and fire detection systems
  • Qualification facilities and clean rooms have an addressable fire detection and/or controllable fire protection system
  • Both security and fire detection systems are monitored 24 hours per day by CRC security and by a remote monitoring system.

Building systems

  • Central heating (5,000 MBH), central cooling (400 tonne), and emergency power generators (1.5 MW and 350 kW) serve the entire DFL building
  • Each building system has adequate capacity and redundancy to ensure safe and continuous operation year-round and with minimum maintenance down-time.

Storage Areas

Available storage

  • On-site and heated: 465 sq m (5,000 sq ft).

Additional storage

  • Additional storage can be arranged through the CRC or third-party suppliers.